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When you received something for free

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 550 with Model Answer:

Describe a time when you received something for free.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • what you got for free
  • why you think you were offered it for free
and explain how you felt about it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

Introduction:
Receiving something for free can be a delightful and unexpected experience. I vividly recall a time when I was fortunate enough to receive a complimentary item, which made me appreciate the generosity and kindness of others. Here, I will share this experience with you.

When it happened:
The incident occurred during a local community event last summer. It was a bustling fair with various stalls and activities, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

What you got for free:
While exploring the fair, I came across a booth promoting a newly opened bakery in the neighbourhood. Intrigued by the delectable pastries on display, I decided to approach the stall. To my surprise, the friendly staff offered me a freshly baked croissant as a complimentary sample.

Why you think you were offered it for free:
The bakery was using the event as an opportunity to showcase their delicious products to potential customers. By offering complimentary samples, they aimed to entice visitors and create positive word-of-mouth. It was a marketing strategy to generate interest and gain recognition for their bakery.

And explain how you felt about it:
Receiving the free croissant filled me with a sense of delight and gratitude. Not only did it satisfy my taste buds with its buttery and flaky texture, but it also made me appreciate the thoughtfulness of the bakery in sharing their culinary creation. It felt like a small act of kindness that enhanced my overall experience at the fair.

Overall, the experience left me with a warm feeling and a newfound appreciation for the value of simple acts of kindness.

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